Monday, July 1, 2013

We're living In Swiss Cheese With A Door.

Jeffro doesn't always work like crazy, but when he does,
I practice somewhat questionable hygiene, don't pick up the razor as much as I ought to, and a lot of kiddie food is served at dinner time.  Because why would I bust my buns to prepare a delicious meal that my kids will hate and cry about?

Definition of insanity, right there.


I put holes in walls.

"We're living in swiss cheese with a door."

"Are you testing missiles here, or what?"

Name that movie.

Ohhhh yeee-ah. . . .the hubs def has to be working some overtime for me to be able to do this kind of Van Damme-age.  And it is a dang good thing I waited 'til he was a little preoccupied, too--

'cause while I would have sworn up and down that this wall didn't have any wiring in it, fo sho--

HELLO.  Not only does it have wiring in it, but it has the main power to the entire freaking house.


Dudes, my husband does electrical crap for a living.  He would have killed me, then asked questions later.  I had to patch this up right quick. 

(Good thing I was extremely careful when I cut into this wall "that has absolutely nothing in it").

So my plans got changed.  Like, a lot.  But we work with what we have!  We get what we get and we don't throw a fit!  And plus the wall was already swiss cheese, hello, so it's not like there was any going back!

Betcha didn't know that there's magnetic beadboard.

That's 'cause there isn't. But I put a piece of metal flashing behind my beadboard and although not strong, it makes for a decent magnet board.   Also, I hate scouts.

And not only does this wall have the power to the entire house in it, but it also has fire blocks every 2 feet or so. Yeah. Didn't see that one coming, either.

Wouldn't have been more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet then I am right now.


When I win, I really win.

So! Jimmy-rigged magnet board up top,

and a folder holder contraption on the bottom.

How would you feel about my use of the word, "concraption" from now on? Yes, I too find it to be very descriptive and spot on, good fellow.

And it works!


Here comes the good part--trimming this puppy out.

And I was all like Daddy Warbucks here with the Mona Lisa, and I stood back, paused to take it in, and was like, "I don't like it! Send it back!"

Tore it down. I felt it to be too top heavy.

  I ended up going with a simple craftsman-style route: Bam.

Little mail slot next to the massive power conduit, and I pronounced it finished.

  Here we have the "Command Center" (or "Clutter Decrapifier") before,

and again, the after.

Between you and me, I think that "DREAM" sign is pretty cheese. I plan on switching stuff around constantly, so I can stare at this wall and say, "Oooh, you have so many looks."

I feel very strongly that every house should have a fire extinguisher.  And a built-in.  I really do.  So watch for the tutorial on this-- direct from the girl who found the main power in the house.


What's next said...

you are my hero. If I keep offering I know one day you will want to come to lovely (or flat and dusty) West Texas to show me what tools to buy and how to use them...
And I love the vacation quote!!!

Elisha Albretsen @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture said...

"Ahh, home crap home". I just watched Money Pit like 3 days ago and laughed so hard I almost cried. Is it ironic that it made me want to remodel my house? I love the command center. I keep trying to convince my husband that we need to cut holes in our walls and install shelving. Maybe I just need to wait till he's gone and go for it. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

I love the way it is built in and your ability to trim out everything with such ease makes me jealous :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

This turned out so well! Gorgeous!
Love how you played discovery! Ha Ha Ha
I am glad I am not the only one who does things like that!

Suesan Kennard said...

Lovely. When are you coming to Ohio. I have a bookshelf in my kitchen that is just waiting for you to be built! :D

Libby said...

It looks great! Hmmm maybe next time hubbens is away at a conference I'll get a built-in done.

I LOVE Scouts! Especially since our church doesn't allow for fundraising so the boys do more stuff than other troops. Cubs is the best calling EVER!

J Young said...

Such a good movie, I actually did a post back in April where I talked about that movie:
Also, you are amazing, could you come do some built ins in my house? Pretty please?

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Unknown said...

Okay, so I'm a Resltor and Do-It-Yourself Junkie myself, but as much "oooh" and "ahhh" I do at each and everyone of your blog posts, I find myself wondering what the house as a whole looks like.... Because I find projects hard to take on when I can't imagine the bigger picture. Help me understand and do a virtual tour of your house.... PLEASE, it would make me sooooo happy. And how could you deny a fan of a complete sneak peak into your world???? :-)

The Peytons said...

I need DIY help, and you haven't covered it yet, so I'm throwing it out there as a suggested upcoming post!

I cut a hole in the wall on the outside of my bathroom (on our loft) and found a 3ft. Thick vapor barrier between the shower and exterior wall (I know this is common). But that's three feet of space that I want to turn into a linen closet.... Can I buy a thinner vapor barrier if I install a closet? I think I can do it myself if I can figure out the vapor barrier problem! Lol! My husband hates the holes!! Haha

Anonymous said...

I admire your gumption! I didn't have the nerve to cut into the wall to get organized, but I did find a decent wall-hung organizer at Goodwill. While I thought it would take 2 minutes to hang, because, you know, I can wield a level and measuring tape like nobody's business, it took forever. I linked back to your post here:
Thanks for the inspiration! Loving your blog.

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